Set up Cisco AP 2602i as a bridge

Posted on 2014-10-28
Last Modified: 2014-10-29
Trying to set up a Cisco AP 2602i as a bridge and  not having any luck.  My equipment consists of a Cisco 5500 controller and APs  1142 and 1131.  I'm trying to connect it via an SSID to a specific network but it's not talking.
Question by:WellingtonIS
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:Craig Beck
ID: 40409229
You need to use the AP in Mesh Bridge mode when you're using a WLC.  The other end of the bridge needs to be in Mesh Bridge mode also and the Ethernet Bridging option needs to be enabled.

You'd be better off converting a pair of APs to Autonomous mode and using IOS to bridge properly.

Author Comment

ID: 40409258
won't that mess up my current configs for the other AP's?  My current MESH is set for EAP which is part of the error message - but I hesitate to change this to PSK for fear of disconnecting what's already connected.
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:Craig Beck
ID: 40409277
You can use multiple Mesh groups on your WLC.  I doubt you're actually really using Mesh if you're using 1142 and 1131 APs.

You say you're trying to get a 2602 to connect to another network?  How are you trying to do that via the WLC??
Zoho SalesIQ

Hassle-free live chat software re-imagined for business growth. 2 users, always free.


Author Comment

ID: 40410465
Just trying to use the AP basically as a wireless connection.  I've put in the SSID and made it a bridge in the configuration.
LVL 45

Accepted Solution

Craig Beck earned 500 total points
ID: 40410898
You can't do that if the 2602 is running lightweight code.  A lightweight AP can NOT do bridging unless it is in Mesh mode and it is connected to another Mesh AP.

If you want to use the 2602 AP as a client bridge you'll need it to be converted to autonomous mode and configured as a Universal Workgroup Bridge, then it will connect to a lightweight AP as a client.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40411071
that's what we finally did. thanks We converted to autonomus mode and configured as a universal workgroup bridge it worked thanks!

Featured Post

How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
- Increase transparency
- Onboard new hires faster
- Access from mobile/offline

Join & Write a Comment

Using in-flight Wi-Fi when you travel? Business travelers beware! In-flight Wi-Fi networks could rip the door right off your digital privacy portal. That’s no joke either, as it might also provide a convenient entrance for bad threat actors.
Use of TCL script on Cisco devices:  - create file and merge it with running configuration to apply configuration changes
This Micro Tutorial will show you how to maximize your wireless card to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 wireless card on Windows 8 operating system.
Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…

760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now